Once once more, we’re caught up within the lavender haze of yet one more Taylor Swift album, listening day and evening, by means of sunshine or midnight rain. “Midnights” is ideal for each temper.

That means it’s time for yet one more labyrinth of Taylor Swift references littered all through the facility rankings, with Dom in fact being the mastermind of that. Don’t query it, simply go along with it otherwise you’ll be confronted with unhealthy karma for the remainder of your life.

Sean, ever the anti-hero on his vigilante s––, mentioned “you’re on your own, kid” for this one, refusing to take part. In phrases of Taylor Swift content material, he supplied candy nothing for this gimmick — however he’s nonetheless right here for precise hockey speak for individuals who aren’t as bejeweled by Dom’s obsession with Taylor Swift.

His efforts to maroon Dom’s gimmick this week have been thwarted although with the addition of Hailey Salvian, our resident Taylor Swift professional. Whether she’s trudging by means of Canadian snow, on the seashore in the summertime, or simply lounging at house watching TikToks — she’s at all times sport to speak Swift.

So that’s the deal this week: One lyric from Midnights for each crew plus Sean offering a one-sentence evaluation for every crew to go together with his one-sentence evaluation for Taylor Swift’s new album: “I refuse to engage with this.”


Last Week: 5
Record: 7-1-0
Dom rank: 1
Sean rank: 1
Hailey rank: 1

Pierced by means of the center however by no means killed

Dom: So many individuals needed to bury the Bruins within the offseason as a result of they have been previous and can be lacking Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk to begin the season. What did we be taught? This crew can’t die. Patrice Bergeron might be a Selke-calibre middle till he’s 47 years previous.

I anticipated the Bruins to be nice once more however after a middling begin as they handled accidents. To begin 6-1-0 with out two franchise gamers after which get Marchand again sooner than anticipated to make it 7-1-0 speaks volumes about the place this crew is heading this season. The Bruins are a official Cup contender.

Sean: The season-opening harm listing was ridiculous and made for a straightforward goal, however my largest purpose for skepticism — the concept that David Krejci was going to leap again within the deep finish after a yr within the Czech league — appears to have a solution. He’s nonetheless good.

2. Carolina Hurricanes

Last Week: 1
Record: 4-1-1
Dom rank: 2
Sean rank: 2
Hailey rank: 2

Uh oh, I’m falling in love

Oh no, I’m falling in love once more

Oh, I’m falling in love

Hailey: This is the yr the place I am going from being on the fence in regards to the Hurricanes as a top-tier contender to selecting them as my Stanley Cup winner in my (manner too early) preseason predictions. Andrei Svechnikov seems to be nice so far. Brent Burns and Jaccob Slavin are an important prime pair. And they’ll get a pleasant commerce deadline increase when Max Pacioretty comes off LTIR.

So sure, you would say that I’m falling in love with Carolina this season.

Dom: The Hurricanes have burned us earlier than, resulting in some trepidation, however rattling, they search for actual this season.

Sean:  I’m simply going to make use of this house to say that anytime you people see the time period “oomph per 60” pop up relating to this crew — that’s Dom, not me. But sure, it looks like there’s an uptick in ending skill down there.

Dom: Safe to imagine that something superior and enjoyable was coined by me, sure.

Last Week: 6
Record: 5-1-0
Dom rank: 5
Sean rank: 3
Hailey rank: 3

Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge

Dom: After a breakup, the perfect factor to do is present how a lot better off you might be with out them. Calgary had two very high-profile breakups this summer season — however Hot Girl Fall has gone extraordinarily effectively for the vengeful Flames. A 5-1-0 begin screams “we don’t need you.”

Sean: After a shaky begin, Jacob Markstrom has stopped 57 of the final 60 photographs he’s confronted. If he’s contemporary come spring, he’s a league-wide X-factor.

Last Week: 3
Record: 4-2-1
Dom rank: 3
Sean rank: 4
Hailey rank: 4

Summer went away, nonetheless the craving stays

I play it cool with the perfect of them

Hailey: The Avalanche had an extended summer season of Stanley Cup events and celebrations. They’re again now, and haven’t precisely had a sizzling begin to the season, however we all know that they’re nonetheless hungry for an additional championship and – barring catastrophe – must be proper within the combine as soon as once more.

Sean: The five-on-five numbers are middling, however it’d take Alexandar Georgiev turning out to be an upturned mop carrying an Avs jersey for me to fret all that a lot about this crew.


(Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA Today)

Last Week: 8
Record: 6-2-0
Dom rank: 4
Sean rank: 5
Hailey rank: 5

Best imagine I’m nonetheless bejeweled once I stroll within the room

I can nonetheless make the entire place shimmer

Dom: This lyric was tailored for the Golden Knights. There have been some writing the crew off after final season’s catastrophe, however they’ve clearly nonetheless obtained the products to be an elite crew.

Hailey: They even have shimmery helmets and their jerseys sparkle.

Dom: Last yr the Golden Knights have been of their Mirrorball period. They’ve upgraded.

Sean: Given what Vegas has using on him, we’d as effectively simply begin doing a weekly check-in on Logan Thompson. He’s doing simply positive (1oth league large in GSAx, .931 save proportion).

Last Week: 7
Record: 4-2-1
Dom rank: 6
Sean rank: 6
Hailey rank: 7

Picture me, thick as thieves along with your ex spouse

Hailey: The Flames could be doing effectively publish breakup, however Florida nonetheless obtained Matthew Tkachuk. He’s enjoying on the highest line with Aleksander Barkov, main the Panthers in scoring, and has been very efficient at five-on-five with three objectives and 7 factors in seven. That’s an space the place Jonathan Huberdeau (one five-on-five level) and the Flames’ new prime line (zero objectives) are nonetheless attempting to determine.

Sean: Aaron Ekblad is focusing on a Nov. 12 return, which ought to assist forestall the Panthers from humiliations like “losing to the Flyers.”

Last Week: 2
Record: 4-2-1
Dom rank: 7
Sean rank: 7
Hailey rank: 6

Ask me what I discovered from all these years

Ask me what I earned from all these tears

Ask me why so many fade, however I’m nonetheless right here

Dom: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang — nonetheless elite. As lengthy as they’re, so are the Penguins.

Sean: It’s an enormous drop from final week, however I’m nonetheless not prepared to learn all that a lot into one horrific interval in opposition to Edmonton instantly adopted by a sport in Calgary.

Last Week: 11
Record: 4-2-1
Dom rank: 8
Sean rank: 8
Hailey rank: 8

You know the way a lot I hate that everyone simply expects me to bounce again

Just like that

Hailey: An ode to Tyler Seguin who barely had a quad muscle in 2021 and everybody anticipated to simply be OK?

go-deeper

GO DEEPER

Inside Stars’ Tyler Seguin’s grueling 6-month hip rehab, from ‘chicken leg’ back to the NHL

Dom: He’s obtained six factors in eight video games. Not a foul begin.

Hailey: It’s nearly like we anticipated him to bounce again too quickly.

Sean: Top 10 in anticipated purpose proportion, prime 10 in factors proportion, elite gamers at every place.

Last Week: 4
Record: 3-3-2
Dom rank: 9
Sean rank: 9
Hailey rank: 9

I feel I’ve been a bit too form

Didn’t discover you strolling throughout my peace of thoughts

Dom: A bit of behind-the-scenes from Power Rankings HQ: Last week, Sean and I have been completely able to rank the Rangers second (!) after a powerful begin. Whoops! The Power Rankings Curse strikes once more because the Rangers drop 4 straight. Just as we have been able to go all in on them.

Hailey: I do suppose a few of their points of their final 4 video games are a matter of puck luck. Mika Zibanejad has zero objectives on 18 photographs. The crew had 87 photographs on purpose of their final two video games and solely scored twice. Those need to bounce again ultimately. Jaroslav Halak performed in two of the 4 losses, he’ll (clearly) must be higher every time Igor Shesterkin will get a relaxation.

Sean: The Rangers, after aaaaaall that, having stable five-on-five numbers and awful goaltending can be very, very humorous.

10. Edmonton Oilers

Last Week: 13
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 10
Sean rank: 10
Hailey rank: 10

You say ‘what a mind’

This occurs on a regular basis

Hailey: Taylor Swift really wrote this track for Connor McDavid.

Sean: Hey, uh, ought to Stu Skinner begin stealing begins from Jack Campbell? The latter was tough but once more on Thursday in opposition to Chicago, and Skinner is fourth leaguewide in GSAx with a .957 save proportion.

Last Week: 12
Record: 4-4-0
Dom rank: 11
Sean rank: 11
Hailey rank: 11

Does it really feel like every thing’s identical to second-best after that meteor strike?

Hailey: Steven Stamkos on dropping within the Stanley Cup Final after profitable back-to-back championships: “It’s crushing.”

Dom: High bar in Tampa Bay — one the Lightning are struggling to return near assembly to date. Still early.

Sean: Tampa opens November with Ottawa, Carolina, Buffalo, Edmonton, Washington twice, Dallas and Calgary. We’ll know by then whether or not it’s time to surprise.

Last Week: 10
Record: 4-3-1
Dom rank: 12
Sean rank: 13
Hailey rank: 12

It’s me

Hi

I’m the issue, it’s me

At teatime

Everybody agrees

I’ll stare straight on the solar however by no means within the mirror

It have to be exhausting at all times rooting for the anti-hero

Dom: The refrain to Anti-Hero feels prefer it was written particularly in regards to the Leafs, particularly for those who consider it as “tee time” fairly than teatime. And sure, it’s exhausting rooting for this crew.

Sean: Everything might be positive, as long as Ilya Samsonov retains this up for a number of extra months.

Last Week: 15
Record: 3-3-1
Dom rank: 14
Sean rank: 12
Hailey rank: 14

Do I actually need to let you know how he introduced me again to life?

Hailey: I don’t find out about you guys, however watching Kirill Kaprizov provides me life. This may also be utilized to Marc-Andre Fleury turning issues round and bringing life again into the Wild.

Sean: Maybe these first two video games have been a blip on the radar for Fleury. He had one other good evening on Thursday in opposition to Ottawa (27 saves on 29 photographs).

Dom: Vintage.

14. Ottawa Senators

Last Week: 20
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 16
Sean rank: 14
Hailey rank: 13

I searched the occasion of higher our bodies

Just to be taught that my goals aren’t uncommon

Dom: Ottawa spent all summer season trying to show the nook by buying Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux and Cam Talbot — and to date it’s working effectively. The downside? The Senators play within the very deep Atlantic the place there are 4 contenders, plus the rising Sabres and Red Wings. It’s going to be an uphill battle.

Sean: Josh Norris could be out for the season. That’s an enormous loss and the primary purpose I couldn’t deliver myself to place them any increased.

Last Week: 17
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 13
Sean rank: 15
Hailey rank: 15

I can’t converse, afraid to jinx it

I don’t even dare to wish it

Hailey: Two years in a row, I’ve mentioned the Devils are going to show issues round. They’ve had some shaky video games as a result of goaltending, however there are a ton of causes to be optimistic about New Jersey, together with a league-leading 69 p.c anticipated purpose fee at five-on-five. I don’t wish to get forward of myself although. I refuse to be a jinx.

Dom, alternatively, had a distinct concept. Care to elucidate?

Dom: I’m considering of one other J-word: Juggernaut. Although, in Swiftlore… J-words are a foul omen.

Sean: Once once more, we’re assuming {that a} goaltender dumped by the Capitals goes to be adequate for an additional Model-approved Eastern Conference contender.

Last Week: 9
Record: 3-3-0
Dom rank: 15
Sean rank: 16
Hailey rank: 16

Trick me as soon as, trick me twice

Don’t that money ain’t the one value?

It’s coming again round

Dom: Three straight multi-goal losses and the Blues are abruptly a middling 3-3-0. The huge factor is that final yr’s magic — outscoring expectations — hasn’t fairly manifested for St. Louis but. Once once more, the Blues are struggling to out-chance opponents with a 47 p.c anticipated objectives fee… however this time the precise purpose fee is even worse at five-on-five at 37 p.c. Isn’t that one thing?

Sean: If Jordan Binnington retains this up (.936 save proportion, Tenth-best GSAx within the league), he’ll offset a piece of no matter regression the Blues wind up dealing with.

17. Buffalo Sabres

Last Week: 19
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 17
Sean rank: 17
Hailey rank: 17

My smile is like I gained a contest

And to cover that might be so dishonest

And it’s positive to pretend it ’til you make it

Til you do

Til it’s true

And it’s like snow on the seashore

Weird however f–––– lovely

Dom: Once once more, the vibes in Buffalo are fairly unbelievable. Should this crew be any good primarily based on the roster? Probably not, however hey, it’s working and it’s lovely. Sabres followers have each proper to be pleased with the crew proper now — no want to cover it — and even when they aren’t for actual but, that point is coming. Soon.

Sean: They’ve obtained expertise on the prime of the roster and two first rate goaltenders. Might find yourself being a bit realer than we thought.

Last Week: 21
Record: 3-4-1
Dom rank: 18
Sean rank: 19
Hailey rank: 18

God relaxation my soul, I miss who I was

Hailey: The Predators performed effectively in opposition to St. Louis on Thursday. But, they’re nonetheless not the contender they have been three years in the past.

Sean: They scored 5 unanswered objectives in opposition to the Blues, their underlyings are half-decent and Juuse Saros hasn’t fairly discovered his kind. I’m much less nervous about them than I believed.

Last Week: 16
Record: 4-5-0
Dom rank: 19
Sean rank: 18
Hailey rank: 19

Take the second and style it

You’ve obtained no purpose to be afraid

Hailey: The Kings regarded promising of their style of the playoffs final season. Then they added Kevin Fiala and locked up Adrian Kempe — after having offseason the yr earlier than too! — it’s time to take the subsequent step.

Sean: Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen have been brutal. Combining for the Twenty sixth-best save proportion within the league, no matter how a lot there may be to love about the remainder of the roster, shouldn’t be going to work.

20. Washington Capitals

Last Week: 22
Record: 4-4-0
Dom rank: 20
Sean rank: 20
Hailey rank: 20

Sometimes I really feel like everyone is an attractive child

And I’m a monster on the hill

Dom: This much-discussed line from “Anti-Hero” matches completely with the NHL’s resident senior’s house who will spend the season thwarting off up-and-coming groups like Ottawa, New Jersey, Buffalo and Detroit. The NHL’s horny infants.

Sean: This is the one time I’m going to acknowledge the bit — it’s a “30 Rock” quote. There’s nothing to debate. Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom are skating a bit, in order that’s good.

21. Detroit Red Wings

Last Week: 18
Record: 3-2-2
Dom rank: 22
Sean rank: 21
Hailey rank: 21

I laid the groundwork after which, identical to clockwork

The dominoes cascaded in a line

Dom: This line labored a bit higher earlier than the Red Wings obtained throttled by the Bruins, a measuring stick sport that confirmed simply how far Detroit nonetheless has to go. Still, every thing goes in keeping with plan because of the inspiration Steve Yzerman has constructed right here, Detroit’s mastermind.

Hailey: I nonetheless preferred the offseason strikes they made. Just as a result of they may want yet one more yr of seasoning and drafting excessive doesn’t imply the Yzerplan isn’t going precisely in keeping with plan.

Sean: They obtained labored by the Devils the evening earlier than, too. The Wings went within the tank just a few completely different occasions final season. Time to see if issues are literally a lot completely different.

Last Week: 23
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 21
Sean rank: 24
Hailey rank: 23

If you fail to plan, you intend to fail

Dom: Honestly, we don’t actually know what the Jets are doing. It doesn’t actually really feel like they do both.

Sean: I simply hope Rick Bowness is feeling higher.

Last Week: 14
Record: 3-4-0
Dom rank: 23
Sean rank: 23
Hailey rank: 22

So scarlet, it was maroon

Hailey: *Gestures wildly on the Islanders’ five-on-five defensive impacts*

NYI 1

Their anticipated objectives in opposition to per 60 (3.45) is second final within the league. Who would have thought the Islanders can be a leaky defensive crew after they fired Barry Trotz?

Sean: Maybe that Mathew Barzal-Kyle Palmieri-Zach Parise line will work, in spite of everything. Through seven video games, they’ve obtained an anticipated objectives proportion of about 73.

24. Philadelphia Flyers

Last Week: 24
Record: 5-2-0
Dom rank: 25
Sean rank: 22
Hailey rank: 24

And then somebody screams out

“She’s laughing up at us from hell!”

Hailey: Are the Flyers … good? 

Dom: No.

Hailey: Looks just like the joke is on you.

Sean: And now they’re bailing out Carter Hart. God bless them. I hope it lasts eternally.

25. Seattle Kraken

Last Week: 25
Record: 3-4-2
Dom rank: 24
Sean rank: 25
Hailey rank: 25

Did all the additional credit score then obtained graded on a curve

I feel it’s time to show some classes

Dom: In enlargement phrases, the Golden Knights have been a really robust act to observe — every thing Seattle did can be in contrast. Opposing entrance workplaces smartened up and Seattle did the perfect it might, however that clearly wasn’t adequate in Year 1. Year 2 is exhibiting some promise although as Seattle already has a extra respectable report and wonderful underlying numbers within the early goings.

Of course, in addition they misplaced to the Canucks regardless of dominating the shot clock… so… possibly it’s the identical previous Kraken after-all.

Sean: Matty Beniers had six factors in his first eight video games with underlying numbers that recommend even higher issues on the horizon, then beat Thatcher Demko on Thursday evening. Calder stuff.

Last Week: 27
Record: 4-4-0
Dom rank: 27
Sean rank: 26
Hailey rank: 26

‘Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned

Everything you lose is a step you take

Hailey: The Canadiens have lost a lot of key players in the last year leading to a somewhat unexpected rebuild. But what they’ve gotten again is continuous to inventory their prospect cabinet and draft capital. What extra do you really need in a rebuild?

Sean: This goes to be the most effective unhealthy groups we’ve seen in years.

Last Week: 26
Record: 3-5-0
Dom rank: 26
Sean rank: 27
Hailey rank: 28

My city was a wasteland

Full of cages, stuffed with fences

Pageant queens and massive pretenders

But for some, it was paradise

Dom: To Johnny Gaudreau, Columbus was precisely the place he needed to be. To the remainder of us, it was an odd selection going to a really skinny crew (a wasteland) that wasn’t pretty much as good as their report (huge pretenders). So far so good for Gaudreau who’s scoring at a point-per-game, however not a lot for the 3-5-0 Blue Jackets.

Sean: I dunno, I’ll throw on the Blue Jackets if the remainder of the video games are lame. Patrik Laine is again. David Jiricek is already on the roster.

28. Chicago Blackhawks

Last Week: 29
Record: 4-3-0
Dom rank: 28
Sean rank: 28
Hailey rank: 27

I shouldn’t be left to my very own gadgets

They include costs and vices

I find yourself in disaster

Dom: As spooky season involves an finish, there may be maybe no scarier duo than “the Chicago Blackhawks” and “have traded.” The first domino to this disaster was the Seth Jones commerce, however they’ve solely dug larger holes since — and now they won’t even be unhealthy sufficient to completely tank.

go-deeper

GO DEEPER

Are the Blackhawks too competent to tank? Signs seem to point in that direction

Hailey: My favourite factor to occur this week was Blackhawks followers attempting to galaxy-brain an Alex DeBrincat commerce again to Chicago.

Sean: Alex Stalock had a tough Thursday evening — Connor McDavid, issues of that nature — however he got here into the sport with a .938 save proportion and the sixth-best GSAx within the league. That’s how that is occurring, in different phrases.

Last Week: 28
Record: 1-5-1
Dom rank: 29
Sean rank: 29
Hailey rank: 30

And the voices that implore

“You should be doing more”

To you I can admit

That I’m simply too delicate for all of it

Dom: Really anticipated extra out of the Ducks to begin the season — they give the impression of being terrible. They’re additionally one of many least bodily groups within the league which can be an issue if any of their younger gamers wish to “skill it up” this season.

Sean: Whatever — Trevor Zegras has a one-timer now.

Last Week: 31
Record: 3-7-0
Dom rank: 31
Sean rank: 30
Hailey rank: 29

I’ve this factor the place I grow old however simply by no means wiser

Hailey: Are we speaking in regards to the earlier administration group who saved signing getting old gamers to lengthy contracts? Or the getting old gamers on long-term contracts? Choose your individual journey!

Sean: Congrats to Kevin Labanc and Matt Benning, the one two guys on this roster with an anticipated objectives proportion above 50.

Last Week: 32
Record: 2-4-0
Dom rank: 32
Sean rank: 31
Hailey rank: 31

And each single certainly one of your pals was making enjoyable of you

But 15 seconds later they have been clapping too?

Then what did you do?

Dom: The complete “playing in a college arena” factor is one huge joke, a Mickey Mouse operation for what must be a major-league crew. It’s getting routinely made enjoyable of for good purpose.

On the opposite hand, it’s additionally going to rule. A university environment goes to make Coyotes house video games really enjoyable this yr, particularly with tickets put aside for a college students part. And a drumline! Neat!

Sean: It’s unfair that now we have to suppose critically every week a few crew that doesn’t take this season critically. Just speed-run this complete factor.

32. Vancouver Canucks

Last Week: 30
Record: 1-5-2
Dom rank: 30
Sean rank: 32
Hailey rank: 32

You know the way scared I’m of elevators

Never belief it if it rises quick

It can’t final

Hailey: Did all of us put an excessive amount of belief within the 103-point tempo Canucks underneath Bruce Boudreau? Did Thatcher Demko create a mirage with wonderful goaltending? Do I’ve belief points?

Dom: Some Canucks followers actually did, however hey — they obtained their first win of the season! Good for them, it solely took a pair weeks.

Sean: If you have a look at sure numbers, chances are you’ll suppose that the Canucks don’t should be down right here. Do not have a look at these numbers.

(Top picture: Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)



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